Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Brown-headed Cowbird

Although seeing the male of a bird species first makes

making an id of a female  of the species much easier as the male  often has the more distinctive, outstanding features as in the brown head of a male Brown-headedCowbird.  However, yesterday this lone bird appeared in bird Alley without seeming to have a male companion.  I am identifying this bird as a female Brown-head Cowbird and  today I am anticipating the arrival of a male Cowbird!
I havewn't checked out the river yet today so that remains as an anticipation yet to enjoy.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

An Eagle being chased by a crow!

Sometimes I am just lucky, being at the right place at the right time and having my camera ready!  
This morning I decided to check out the river from an observation deck overlooking the falls.  As I walked onto the deck I saw an Eagle flying by being followed closely by  crow.  It became apparent that the crow was chasing the eagle.  I raised my camera, turned up my zoom lens, and hoping that I was focusing enough, pushed down the shutter, click, click , click and below are the three pictures I was able to capture of the chase!

That's  it folks... my lucky encounter and my pictures of the chase!
Hopefully you enjoy them as I certainly did.  I have more water areas to check out  this morning never  know what I will find.  that is the joy of it all.  Nature is full of surprises.  Until tomorrow.. Ann

Monday, May 14, 2018

Spotted Sandpiper

These past few days have been wonderful!  I have been finding a new species returned almost every day. Recently, Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, and now this morning, a Spotted Sandpiper!

The spotted breast of this little Sandpiper makes its id almost unmistakeable!
Its profile as a Sandpiper was a standout along the shoreline of the river this morning.
 I wonder what I will find next?  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Two new Arrivals in Bird Alley

Yesterday I spied a long-awaited White-Crowned sparrow in Bird Alley.  I only saw it the once yesterday although I had scattered extra bird seed on the ground where it had been feeding after it had left.  So far today it has been a no-show although I keep hoping I will see it again today as I consider yesterday's visit too brief for my viewing pleasure

The second much adored and patiently waited for was a male ruby Throated Hummingbird!  How I adore these little birds!
A Happy Mother's Day wish to all mother's out there and a wonderful weekend to everyone!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cliff swallows for saturday Critters

This is the hird year in a row thatI have chanced upon Cliff Swallows gathering mud to use in the building of their nest.  The nest being built is in clear view of this mud gathering mud puddle.  The birds are very quick darting about to and fro carrying mud in their beaks to their nest location , then quickly returning to gather more mud.  Their nest is being built in the peak of a house just across the highway from where I am parked taking pictures of the swallows.  Below are a random few pictures of the mud gathers: Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful dsy everyone.  Hopefully irt is a lovely sunshiny day at your location as it is here....

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Dog-toothed Violets

We went purposefully  to find these wildflowers in blossomThursday and we found some. Beautiful Dog-toothed Violets. This wildflower species is misnamed as it is not part of the Violet family.

Savannah Sparrow

Yesterday morning, after feeling very pleased to have seen a Pine Siskin in our feeder area; I went out with my camera hoping to see an interesting, not yet seen bird by me this spring.. Due to recent flooding I am unable to go to my usual favourite birding spots , so I was driving along a road with a view to the river  below.  I had stopped by a bush and noticed what I thought was a sparrow in its branches.,

The bird did not move or immediately fly away, so I thought why not take its picture? I thought, with a photo I might be able to make an id when downloading.
I was able to get a few profile shots of its head and I noticed a bit of yellow colour through my camera lens.  How exciting!, Maybe a new bird viewing  that I hadn't yet experienced this spring! I thought of the possibilities.  Maybe a Savannah Sparrow? which exhibits lovely yellow lores.. A White-throated Spararow also has beautiful yellow lores but I knew that this wasn't a White throated.  My thumbnail photos seemed to present a bird with an excess of yellow on its face which confused us for a while,, but when fully downloaded the bird appeared to have a very thick yellow lore. I checked out Savannah Sparrow in our Sibley's field guide, reading that a Savannah has a white median stripe on its head.  My pictures did not include aview of the top of the bird's head, however , it definitely had yellow lures so I am taking a chance on this bird in the photo as a Savannah Sparrow!

                                                                      What do you think?
Hopefully I will find another interesting bird to take a picture of this morning when I go out, but my goal today  is to find and take a picture of a blossoming Dog- toothed violet. We had seen two unopened blossoms one day last week and assume they will be in their open beauty by this morning.  If so, pictures will be posted here tomorrow.  Have a wonderful sunshiny today folks.